How to Wear a Blush Wedding Dress

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Anything other than a white or ivory wedding dress used to be considered nontraditional, but not these days. “Blush” is possibly the most popular wedding color of the last few years. It first caught on as the “it” bridesmaid dress color and has crept its way into bridal fashion. Modern brides are opting to add a touch of color to the most important dress they’ll ever wear. When deciding how to add a touch of color, soft pink tones are at the top of the list. In fact, the image below by Jose Villa is one of the most pinned images of wedding dresses this year!

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While I’m not a pink girl myself, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the tasteful blush wedding dresses on the market recently. This past fall, I had a client wear a gorgeous blush Reem Acra wedding gown. It was simply stunning. I dare say, it was more beautiful than any white gown I’ve seen in person!

When picking a gown with color, it’s important to ask for a swatch of the fabric so you can choose complementary colors for the bridal party attire. This was a little bit of a challenge for my client. At first, she thought that she wanted her bridesmaids to wear champagne dresses, but up next to her blush dress the colors just didn’t work. The champagne color looked a little “dirty” and it detracted from her beautiful dress. She also considered having the groomsmen wear navy, but that didn’t look right either. We tried a few other options and settled on dove grey dresses by Jenny Yoo. The groom opted for a black modern ­cut tux and the groomsmen wore charcoal grey suits. Instead of competing against one another, all the colors complimented and blended well.

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There are styles and cuts of blush dresses for every type of bride. Whether you are looking for a modern dress or a bohemian gown, there is “the one” out there for you. When you are shopping for your pink dress, keep in mind the shade of pink that you are looking for. If you have warm undertones, pick a pink that is yellow or peach based. If you have cool undertones, pink a pink that is grey or silver based. It’s simple to remember, warm with warm, cool with cool.

Don’t be afraid to shop in unexpected places if you are looking for a nontraditional dress. Although most bridal boutiques have caught on to this trend, they may not have as many options as a high­-end department store or a boutique that sells evening gowns.

If having something custom-made is an option, you can work with your designer or seamstress to choose the perfect style, fabric and shade for you. You could even just add a hint of color to the detail of your white/ivory wedding dress.

If there’s any day that you should feel your best and most beautiful, it’s your wedding day. And to be completely honest, white isn’t always the most flattering color. If you feel best in a pink dress, then wear it with confidence!

I’d love to hear, are you a pink wedding dress kind of bride?

Article: Jessica Sloane | Graphic: Hannah Lee | First Image: Jessica Lorren | Second Image: Jose Villa | Last Image: Jessica Lorren

32 Responses to “How to Wear a Blush Wedding Dress”

  1. Kaitlyn

    I went with the Wtoo Olivia gown which is called ‘oat meal’ in colour, but is the most lovely shade of blush! It’s comforting to read this post about complimenting colours with the bridal party since I decided to go all grey as well! Am considering emerald green accents for the guys and ladies jewelry.

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  2. gosia

    I will have a blush wedding dress on my wedding in July! Funny to find out it’s also trendy. But I have problems finding perfect shoes that would match! Those on the first photo would be just perfect…

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  3. Ashley

    The timing of this article made me smile! I bought my wedding gown (it’s actually a bridesmaid dress, $250!!) two days ago and it is a light blush color and is absolutely gorgeous! It’s by WToo in Ice Pink. I’m so excited to wear it and I know my fiancé will be so surprised (in a good way). The only down side, I’m also kind of stumped with the shoe situation. Fortunately, no one will really see my shoes since it’s floor length. LOVE blush gowns.

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  4. Heather Price

    I, too, would love to wear a blush gown and have been shopping tirelessly. Quite like the bride in this photo, I ordered a blush Reem Acra gown. Unfortunately, I had to cancel it because when I saw the blush swatch, it was very nude in color and would wash me out. If you are going to request a swatch, make sure you also request the underlay as well. The tulle swatch itself, might not give a good enough representation of what the color of your dress is going to look like. I would of done this but it took so long to get a tulle swatch and it was so complicated, that I gave up on trying to get the underlay swatch and decided to start fresh.

    As for shoes, I love pink ombré shoes or blush ombré shoes depending on the color of blush you’re wearing. Here’s an example:
    http://www.polyvore.com/kate_spade_new_york_licorice/thing?id=107828832

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  5. amanda Karabatsos

    I wore a blush wedding gown in April 2013 and it was amazing. It was more pink than an oatmeal one I tried at another boutique. My husband and our son wore Grey suits and we actually didn’t have a bridal party but all our family members wore black so in pictures it looked amazing. As for shoes I wore the nude Valentino classic bow shoe. Whenever I am having trouble with a shoe I feel nude is the way to go!!

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  6. Kitty

    I’m also wearing a blush gown to my wedding and I adore it! When trying dresses on, the (amazing) sales assistant at the bridal shop (very politely) said to me that blush dresses make my skin tone look olive, whereas bright whites can make my skin look a little yellowy, and she was right. Blush is definitely more flattering with my colouring.

    On the show front, I’m going for a soft gold sandal – I think gold works beautifully with blush.

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  7. Ursula

    Blush gowns look lovely with gold or silver shoes. Or super-modern with lucite heels and clear vinyl straps.

    I’m going to be hand painting my satin peep-toe heels, though, in shades of blush and lilac, plus adding some crystals for sparkle!

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  8. Ashley

    The Jose image – do we know who the dress designers are? Specifically the middle and right dresses?

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  9. Kitty

    Ashley, the middle dress is a Reem Acra gown. Not sure about the other one, but this photo is from a Style Me Pretty shoot, so you should be able to find out on their website with a little digging :)

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  10. Kendall

    Do you know who designed those shoes in the top picture! I’ve been looking for some shoes for my blush wedding gown

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  11. Annamarie Hayner

    What color Jenny Yoo dresses are these? I bought a blush BHLDN gown and they offer the Jenny Yoo Annabelle bridesmaid dress as well and I love the look of the light blue/grey! Just trying to figure out which color it is exactly. I’d really appreciate a reply, thanks so much!

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  12. jennifer

    Yesterday I went dress shopping. I ended up with a blush dress from Demetrios. Its a very soft blush, in the shade its visible but in the sunlight you might think it’s white.. its covered with a lace band at the bottum and a belt of bling around my waist. Just 11 months and 19 days till my wedding…. aaarrgghh

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  13. Zinhle

    My wedding is in December, 52 day from now, I’ll be wearing a blush pink dress, with the bridesmaid in Dark purple & Lilac dresses. I still haven’t decided on the shoes to ware, Bright pink or nude? please assist.

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  14. Tray Eaton

    I will be wearing a blush Cristiano Lucci “Lea” gown for my July garden ceremony. My BM’s will be in lavender with the groomsmen in dark grey. My fiance will wear classic black.

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  15. Katy

    I am wearing a blush Vera Wang for my wedding in March in FL. I found an amazing pair of heels that are silver and gold. They look amazing! I have a ivory cathedral Vail, but not sure if I will wear it. Any Vail opinions?

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    • Jane

      Hi Katy,

      Just like you, I am also wearing a blush VW gown. I bought an ombre mauve blush veil to go with the dress online. It’s on it’s way, can’t wait to wear it! Have you tried looking for blush veils?

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  16. Morgan

    I think blush is a good option for a lot of brides but you won’t truly know unless you try on different colors. Every white dress I tried on wasn’t quite perfect, but the moment I tried on a blush dress, I knew it was perfection. It made my eyes light up and my skin glow. My wedding dress will definitely be a beautiful yellow toned blush. I can’t wait for it to be done.

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  17. Sheri Pedersen

    I too will be wearing a blush gown for my June wedding. Just brought home my Maggie Sottero Serencia from the 2015 collection. I absolutely adore it! It has a lot of bling so am looking for silver or gunmetal sandals with bling to compliment it:) Thinking of gray for bridesmaids and black suits for groomsmen; figuring that out this week as time is ticking.

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  18. Lorrinda Wyatt

    Im wearing a turquoise long dress. With white lace on top. My maid of honor n bridesmaid are wearing white. The groom and ushers n ring bearer are wearing dark suits with a turquoise bow ties. I would like your feed back on the colors of my wedding party . Ty

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  19. diane

    I wore blush 23 years ago, no one was doing it then. People in the church were saying it’s pink in whispers as I walked down the aisle. Got so many compliments. Would wear it again if I was doing it today. Follow your heart wear what you feel great in.

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  20. Sandy

    I’m getting my blush dress custom made and I can’t wait to see it finished!! I bought some great gold kitten heels to wear with it and I absolutely love how they look!

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  21. Valerie

    my dress is a blush dress – I knew I was going to get one I was dead set on one – I wanted the Divina but it just didn’t look as good ad the Mora Lee one one me. It is fitted to the hips with a huge tulle skirt – as for bridesmaids I suck I haven’t ordered their dresses they are going to be short and full skirts most likely ivory – we all are wearing cowboy boots and wedding is on a ranch. I wanted to do lavender but my sis who is my MOH and bossy boots said no way (purple stands for my brain disease Chiari) and I have to purchase 3 dresses for our daughters 17, 13, and 11 and I can’t afford $200 dresses so I in order for me to get dresses to fit all the sizes I have to order off a Japanese site ugh. My friend got hers there and they looked great. I say any bride to be thinking about blush pink GO FOR IT – it rocks!!!

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  22. Rachel

    Does anyone know if and where I can get the Reem Acra dress (middle of picture) in the UK. I’ve completely fallen for it but after hours of searching on-line I’m still no closer to finding it. Any help much appreciated.

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  23. Shelley

    i wore blush pink 25 yrs ago this month . I loved it then and would wear it again .

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